4-star in-state prospect to camp at WSU?

FRESH OFF A PHONE CALL with Mike Levenseller and a stellar weekend at the state track championships, one of the state's most promising prep wide receiver prospects is pondering a visit to the Cougars' summer camp in late June. Meanwhile, the Dawgs keep the heat turned up, while the Ducks, Bears and others are starting to make their moves.

Jermaine Kearse, a 6-2, 175-pounder from Lakes High near Tacoma, said Washington State has told him several times they want him to come to their summer camp June 24-27.

Kearse is ranked No. 10 in the Northwest Top 100.

He'll be at his school's team camp, at Eastern Washington, until June 23 and is debating whether to attend WSU's camp, which begins the following day, or part of Oregon's camp.

He said he talked Tuesday with WSU offensive coordinator and receivers coach Mike Levenseller.

Kearse has three offers -- WSU and UW were the first, with Cal text messaging him Wednesday with an offer -- and said Tuesday the home-state schools are deadlocked at the top at this point, but that Washington is recruiting him harder and Oregon hardest of all.

He told one of Scout.com's national analyst that the pressure from family and friends to stay close -- up I-5 at the UW -- is demonstrable.

"This was the first time I had talked to a coach at Washington State, that I had heard from them, in a couple weeks or so. With Washington, I talked to coach (Charlie) Baggett this past weekend and I get a couple letters from them, some text messages, maybe once a week," said Kearse.

AT THE STATE track and field championships in Pasco this past weekend, Kearse came in 3rd in the triple jump with a mark of 45-6 ½, and his 4x100 team took 2nd place.

Kearse said the Oregon Ducks had a man in the stands checking him out.

"I had talked to the Oregon coach (Robin Pflugrad) earlier and he told me if I made it to states, he would go down there and watch. I didn't see him there but my (prep) football coach was talking to him I guess...I like Oregon, they're one of my top schools, too. They haven't talked about offering a scholarship -- they want me to go to their half-day camp. I'm going to try and do it. I'm also going to the NIKE camp," he said.

Another school who could be close to offering is Arizona State, and Boise State has also ramped up its interest, Kearse said.

"This past weekend, the Arizona State coach called me. He said he had been out of town and had just gotten a look at my film and he was going to get some of the other coaches to take a look at them and they'd be in touch," said Kearse.

Several D-IA coaches were at the school during the May Evaluation period to talk with Kearse's coach and view tape. Most schools, including Washington State, see Kearse at receiver whereas Michigan -- which Kearse says is his dream school -- told Kearse's coach they like him at cornerback.

Jermaine Kearse profile and video

RECRUITING NEWS NOTES:
* Phoenix defensive tackle Zeb Togiai from Desert Vista High has been verbally offered by Washington State, Scout.com reported Wednesday. Togiai also has been offered by Arizona. The 6-3, 260 pounder played last season at Mountain Pointe High, recording 32 tackles, 4 sacks and 8 forced fumbles.

* Etiwanda (Calif.) receiver Marvin Jones (6-2, 175) added two more offers this week -- from WSU and Nevada. He's also been offered by San Diego State, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and his leader, California. As a junior, he caught 63 passes for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns and posted 62 tackles and three interceptions.


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